Max T – Palm Isle

Montreal‘s Max Taeuschel, aka Max T, positively bursts onto the scene in his debut EP, and from the opening strains of “Wonderland” quickly introduces you into his bedroom pop smorgasbord that is Palm Isle.

Playing around with dense orchestration and carnivalesque motifs, from frantic celebrations to chilled-out meditations, the album bubbles and oozes with life. T’s mellifluous soundworld constructions feel like an uncommon thing these days, and we do miss it, especially when done this well. A joyous, deeply fun listen, and chock full of fascinating twists and turns, Palm Isle is a brilliant little pop record.

Palm Isle is available now from Bandcamp.

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Noita – Pink Noise

We were over the moon for Toronto electro-R&B newcomer Noita‘s debut single “Over Here” last fall, and Noa Southcott’s first full release, debut EP Pink Noise, does not disappoint on the promise of that first glimpse. Not one bit.

A perfect synthesis of futuristic R&B with a deeply grooving electronic backbeat, it all adds up to a daring overall vision that’s both grandiose and subtly detached at the same time. We have a feeling that Pink Noise is just the first document in what’s going to be a seriously impressive career. We’ll be watching!

Pink Noise is available now as a free download from Soundcloud.

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Castle If – Plant Material

While Toronto‘s Castle If usually fires up her analog synths to launch the listener into far-off galaxies, this beautifully realized collection of songs turns earthward to capture the essence of a family of house plants. It’s a cross between the pop- and drone-focused sides of her output, a series of seven melodic instrumental experiments, many named for the Latin moniker of the plant that inspired it.

Plants aren’t something we often ascribe personalities to (remember how hard it was to play a flower or a tree in your kindergarten play?), but each one here is its own individual, expressed through deep vibratos,¬†purring middle tones or dancing upper voices. It’s easy to imagine something green growing, waving and dancing to each composition. We recommend forgoing headphones for this one–your plants just might like it, too.

Plant Material is available on Bandcamp.

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